Azerbaijani Communications Ministry: Negotiations on laying Trans-Caspian communications cable fruitless
Azerbaijan, Baku, 19 June / Trend, H.Valiyev /
Negotiations for the construction of the Caspian segment of fiber-optic submarine cable line with Kazakhstan have ended inconclusively, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies of Azerbaijan told Trend on Wednesday.
As the ministry said, no particular decision has been made for the implementation of the work in this direction, and for that reason one can not speak about the timing of the start of work on the construction.
The Caspian segment of the highway is the main part of the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) project.
Azerbaijan considers the possibilities for the project's implementation both with Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan.
The TASIM project, having support of the UN, is in the focus of a special UN team.
The project involves such countries as Russia (operator Rostelecom), Kazakhstan (operator KazTransCom), Turkey (operator TurkTelecom), China (operator ChinaTelecom) as well as Azerbaijani (Azertelekom).
The network of the operators that are involved in the project are sufficiently developed. The work will be undertaken in the areas with a need for laying additional cable line. One of these sections is the Caspian segment.
The project aims at reducing poverty, accelerating economic growth and may also act as a locomotive for the development of the region. TASIM intends to connect a total of 20 countries. Its implementation will eliminate the "information gap" between Western Europe and the Pacific Rim.